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Jean Sibelius: Orchestral Songs

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LWC1239 LWC1239


Mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland is famous for her strong stage presence and musical integrity. Gramophone Magazine writes about her:

"The mezzo-soprano is quite outstanding: strong, firm, sensitive in modulations, imaginative in her treatment of words, with a voice pure in quality, wide in range and unfalteringly true in intonation."

Considered today one of Europe's leading singers, she says of this new recording:

"As my career has progressed, I have had the chance to make numerous recordings featuring a variety of repertoires, and I have always felt the desire to record the songs of Sibelius.

A wonderful opportunity presented itself when the Norwegian Radio Orchestra with Chief Conductor Petr Popelka expressed its willingness to be part of such a recording.

Virtually all Sibelius songs are written for voice and piano, but many of them seem as though made for orchestral sounds and instrumental subtlety. Therefore a number of his finest songs have fortunately been orchestrated, and it is these editions we have used for this recording.

A few of the orchestrations were done by Sibelius himself, one by his contemporary, Simon Parmet (né Pergament), while several were orchestrated by his own son-in-law, conductor Jussi Jalas.

This album presents orchestrated songs of Sibelius from four opus numbers: 17, 36, 37 and 38." - Marianne Beate Kielland.

Critical Acclaim

"The songs, however, are as clear as a glass of iced water ... and these accounts are exemplary and uplifting. I don't know where Ms Kjelland has been hiding but I wish she'd get out more; she has a gorgeous instrument. As for the [Norwegian] radio orchestra under the Czech conductor Petr Popelka, they match the Oslo Philharmonic for lush textures." - The Critic Magazine

"Kielland's even tone, flexibility and brilliant sensitivity to the text make this a rewarding collection, the intensity and drama of each song powerful and impassioned." - The Guardian

"this recital will open up a new world for many a Sibelius enthusiast unfamiliar with these lovely songs." - MusicWeb International


  1. Name
  2. Hostkvall, op. 38 nr. 1
  3. Pa verandan vid havet, op. 38, nr. 2
  4. I natten, op. 38, nr. 3
  5. Sen har jag ej fragat mera,op. 17, nr. 1
  6. Sov in!, op. 17, nr. 2
  7. Fagellek, op. 17, nr. 3
  8. En slanda, op. 17, nr. 5
  9. Illalle, op. 17, nr. 6
  10. Lastu lainehilla, op. 17, nr. 7
  11. Svarta rosor, op. 36, nr. 1
  12. Men min fagel marks dock icke, op. 36, nr. 2
  13. Men min fagel marks dock icke, op. 36, nr. 2
  14. Marssnon, op. 36, nr. 5
  15. Demanten pa marssnon, op. 36, nr. 6
  16. Den forsta kyssen, op. 37, nr. 1
  17. Soluppgang, op. 37, nr. 3
  18. Var det en drom, op. 37, nr. 4
  19. Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote, op. 37, nr. 5
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